Larenz Tate

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Actor

Birth Date: September 8, 1975

Age: 48 years old

Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois

Handsome, charismatic and emotionally expressive, Tate acted in L.A. community theater before making his TV debut on an episode of CBS' 1985 revival of "The Twilight Zone." Other TV credits followed on series including "21 Jump Street," "Matlock" and "The Wonder Years." Tate appeared in Oprah Winfrey's high-profile miniseries "The Women of Brewster Place" (ABC, 1989) before landing a succession of stints as a TV series regular, notably as Andre, a young man impatient for independence, on the ambitious comedy-drama "South Central" (Fox, 1994). Tate gained considerable attention the year before with his showy feature debut in the Hughes Brothers' explosive "Menace II Society" (1993), delivering a profoundly disturbing performance as O-Dog, a murderously nihilistic gun-toting teen. Tate displayed a kinder, gentler side in Matty Rich's "The Inkwell" (1994) as a socially maladept young man coping with intraracial class conflict and his own budding sexuality. He reteamed with the Hughes Brothers for "Dead Presidents" (1995) to play an embittered and disillusioned Vietnam vet who turns to bank robbery in the early 1970s. Tate demonstrated his screen charisma as the slick and smooth pop singer Frankie Lymon in the 1998 biopic "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" Tate went on to produce and star (along with Debra Cox and Martin Cummins) in the independent feature "Love Come Down." In "Love Come Down," Tate portrays a black comedian who struggles with his relationship with his brother, who is white. In 2003, Tate, along with Laurence Fishburne and Derek Luke, co-starred in in the motorcyle drama "Biker Boyz," then appeared opposite Vin Diesel in director F. Gary Gray's action-drama "A Man Apart" (2003), and took on the crucial role of music master Quincy Jones in the heralded Ray Charles biopic "Ray" (2004). He then has an alternately charming and heartbreaking turn in the racially charged, multi-plot drama "Crash" (2005) as a seemingly clear-headed and sweet-natured L.A. youth who also happens to be a carjacker. His television breakthrough came with a supporting role in Denis Leary's firefighting comedy-drama "Rescue Me" (FX 2004-2011), after which he joined the cast of Don Cheadle's political satire "House of Lies" (Showtime 2012-16) and the cable medical drama "Rush" (USA 2014). His next major film role came with his starring performance in the science fiction action thriller "Beta Test" (2016).

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Sherri

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The Jennifer Hudson Show

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2022

Established With Angela Yee

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2020

Power Book II: GhostStream

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Rashad Tate
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2020

GMA3: What You Need to Know

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2020

Business Ethics

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2020

Access Daily

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2019

Tamron HallStream

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2019

Power Confidential

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2019

The DL Hughley Show

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2019

Back to the Goode Life

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2019

The Trumpet Awards

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2018

The 26th Annual Trumpet Awards

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2018

Beat ShazamStream

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2017

Girls TripStream

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Julian Stevens
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2017
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The 2016 Triumph Awards

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2016

Game of SilenceStream

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Shawn Cook
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2016
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Beta Test

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Max
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2016

Beta Test

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2016

Deuces

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Deuces
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2016

White Water

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Terrance
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2015

Unity

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2015

RushStream

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Dr. Alex
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2014
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PowerStream

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2014
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PowerStream

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Councilman Tate
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2014
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The Real

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2013

Bill Bellamy's Ladies Night Out Comedy Tour

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The Mindy ProjectStream

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2012
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Steve Harvey

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2012

Gun Hill

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Bird Stevens
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2012

The Talk

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2010

Access Hollywood Live

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2010

JustifiedStream

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2010
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The Wendy Williams Show

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2008

First Take

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2007

Waterfront

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Marcus
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2007

Love Monkey

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Derrick "Shooter" Cooper
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2006

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Lucky
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2006

Rescue MeStream

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Bart
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2004
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Rescue MeStream

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2004
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RayStream

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Quincy Jones
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2004
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Peter
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2004
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Biker BoyzStream

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Wood
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2003
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A Man ApartStream

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Demetrius Hicks
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2003
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Last Call With Carson Daly

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2002

Love Come Down

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Neville
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2000

Love Come Down

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2000

Why Do Fools Fall in Love

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Frankie Lymon
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1998

Love Jones

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Darius Lovehall
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1997

The PostmanStream

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Ford Lincoln Mercury
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1997
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Dead PresidentsStream

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Anthony Curtis
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1995
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South Central

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Andre Mosely
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1994

No Ordinary Summer

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Drew Tate
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1994

The Inkwell

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Drew Tate
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1994

Menace II SocietyStream

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Kevin 'O-Dog'
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1993
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The Royal Family

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Curtis Winston
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1991

The Fresh Prince of Bel-AirStream

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1990

The Wonder YearsStream

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Basketball Team Captain
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1988

Frank's Place

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MatlockStream

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